Q&A with Cabbages and Nettles


Embroidered ornamental cabbage  3 embroidered beetroots_300DPI

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

Cabbages & Nettles.
Free machine embroidery, sculptured textiles.
Machine stitched layer upon layer of threads, which are then hand stitched and sculpted.
What 5 words best describe your work?

My work is Tactile
Mixing threads

Do you have any design heroes?

Egon Schiele
Francis Bacon
Marlene Dumas
Louise Bourgeois
Jenny Saville
Eva Hesse
Cathryn Boch
Anita Botman

Where is your studio?

Altrincham, South Manchester.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio.

Coffee, music, sewing machine non-stop, surrounded by threads, bobbins and decaying vegetables.

Primrose in pot

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work ?

My embroidered vegetables are now being sold in America, Australia, Netherlands and South Of France.

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy? Perfect christmas present?

Thread ornamental cabbages.

Tell us something we don’t know

I exhibited stitched allotments for “Dig The City”, Manchester in August. I made 10ft sheet of embroidered soil.


Cabbage in face



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